Irma Sucking Tampa Bay and Ocean Around Naples Dry

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Footage from the Hurricane Irma-hit Bahamas freaked out netizens on Saturday as the seawater was completely missing from a bay as far as the eye could see.

"I am in disbelief right now.This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!"

Meteorologists explain the incredible pressure from Hurricane Irma is pulling the water into the storm's center.

Two fatalities have been confirmed, and the National Hurricane Centre has been warning residents of the potential for massive storm surge taking over the streets.

This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean.

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According to the Washington Post, this rare phenomenon is caused by a strong hurricane and resulting low pressure, which sucks water into the core of the storm.

Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day.

In addition, sustained winds in excess of 130 miles per hour helped to divert the water in the Bahamas. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

Basically, in the case of Irma, the power and the pressure have combined in such a way that the "bulge" effect is sucking the Atlantic ocean into its vortex. As the storm gobbles water towards its center, it gets pulled from its surroundings.

The water in Long Island receded back so far, it exposed shells, buoys and even an anchor.